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Archive for July, 2009

Local town celebrates post office’s centennial

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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The town of Chadbourn has reason to celebrate. The town’s post office just had it’s 100th birthday.

The Chadbourn post office opened long before 1909, but it didn’t officially become part of the United States Postal Service until President William Howard Taft gave it his stamp of approval.

As the only post office in town, many say it is more than a place to get their mail.

Local historian Jimmie Sue Ward says “it’s a popular place, you just see lots of people everyday.”

Post office employee Cathy Green agrees.

“Working in the post office with everybody, it’s a good community effort. It’s a good community of people.”

The original 1909 document making the post office part of the USPS was discovered in a storage unit in Missouri earlier this year. The people who found it were kind enough to mail it back to Chadbourn.

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The Chadbourn post office opened long before 1909, but it didn’t officially become part of the United States Postal Service until President William Howard Taft gave it his stamp of approval.

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First ever Brunswick County drug court graduate

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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Scott Milligan says he did it all for his two young children. “I’m proud of the fact that I grew up just a little bit.”

Milligan was addicted to Cocaine for nearly two decades. He served time in prison twice, and was on probation for a greater portion of his life. But spending time behind bars wasn’t enough to jumpstart him into recovery. Instead, one spot drug test from a Judge he says ruled with a heavy hand but a soft heart, was all it took.

Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis says “Its tough love, we tell them that every other Thursday night, we love you, we’re rooting for you but there are consequences for behavior that does not conform to what we expect, in fact demand.”

Scott Milligan says, “This was the final straw, that opened my eyes, and it was a blessing from god, it was time for me to get it together. I’ve got two little children and a sixteen year old son.”

Milligan’s first life may have been filled with crime and what he calls “bad decisions”. But now, he’s well made up for his mistakes. It’s “take two” for him and his family.

Milligan says, “There are probably people who know me that are going to be doubting me until the day I die. But thats ok, because I know me, and I’m knowing what I’m gonna do, I can’t worry about what other people think.”

Judge Lewis says, “We’re very proud of his successes in the Drug Court program, and proud of the fact that he is being a responsible parent and a responsible citizen.”>

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One local man says a spot drug test from a Judge he says ruled with a heavy hand but a soft heart, was all it took.

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Still no closure, 3 years after woman’s disappearance

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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Wilmington police are still investigating the death of a Wilmington woman, hree years after her disappearance.

Thursday marks the third anniversary of Allison Jackson Foy’s disappearance. Foy’s family also considers it the anniversary of her death.

She was last seen leaving Junction Pub and Billiards off Carolina Beach Road in 2006. In April of 2008, two sets of human remains were later found in a wooded area about a mile away. DNA evidence later confirmed the remains belonged to two women. One was Angela Rothen. The other, Allison Foy.

WWAY spoke with Foy’s sister Lisa Valentino over the phone.

“Is always a mixed day,” Valentino said. “I do my crying usually. And then I try to do something to honor Allison and live my life in a way today that she would have wanted me to by celebrating her life, as opposed to being upset and living in the moment.”

Valentino says she wants to see the person who murdered her sister to face justice.
Wilmington Police declined comment Thursday, but did confirm their original suspect, cab driver Tim Iannone, who was at one point cleared of suspicion. He has been a suspect again for the last three months.

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Wilmington police are still investigating the death of Allison Jackson Foy. Foy disappeared after a night out, three years ago.

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Townhomes coming to Autumn Hall development

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

By Wayne Faulkner,Wayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

Shifting market conditions have prompted the Autumn Hall development to add 17 townhomes to its first phase.Townhomes originally had been planned for the second phase, and will be built on lots that would have held nine detached houses.

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Man robbed at gunpoint on Princess Place Drive

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

A man was robbed at gunpoint on Princess Place Drive early Thursday morning.At 3:57 a.m. Thursday, the man was walking west in the 3500 block of Princess Place Drive when a man approached him, pulled out a handgun and demanded his money, according to a news release from Lucy Crockett with the Wilmington Police Department.

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